In April of this year, I was lucky enough to be chosen to ride with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels support ship, a C-130 named Fat Albert. Not only did I get to ride in Fat Albert, I got one of the coveted cockpit jumpseats. Watching the crew perform… er, I mean fly, Fat Albert was a treat I’ll not soon forget. The above image is the view out the cockpit window on a 25° nose down approach to landing. If the photo isn’t enough, you can watch (or re-watch) the video below. [Read more…]
The Ageless Aviation Dreams Foundation has made it a mission to give rides in a Stearman to as many U.S. military veterans as possible. I caught up with the foundation at the Olympia Airport in August 2012. More than two years later, Ageless Aviation Dreams is still at it. On Wednesday, they were at Fort Myers, Florida’s Page Field. [Read more…]
The Jan. 1, 2020 ADS-B mandate has a lot of aircraft owners wringing their hands and seeing red. For those of us at the recreational end of the aviating spectrum (which represents a great many aircraft), plunking down the money it’ll take to equip our aircraft to meet the mandate is not something we care to think about.
So that got me to thinking who the ADS-B Out mandate applies to? Do you fly in airspace that requires a transponder? If not, you might not need to equip for the mandate.
But that question and answer might be overly simplistic, so here’s a few more questions for you: [Read more…]
Aircraft have to be the most picture-worthy mode of transportation (an objective opinion if I’ve ever read one) — and we’d like to see your best shots of 2014. These should be your photos you’ve taken in 2014. I can’t think of a better way to cap off 2014 than sharing your great pictures in our two December print issues.
Email your photo (be sure to include specifics like where it was taken, the plane description and the full name of anyone in the photo) to Editor Janice Wood
Note: Please send the largest file size you have available. Bigger is better.
With Veterans Day circled on the calendar, the crew at Other People’s Airplanes, put the finishing touches on their Tora! Tora! Tora! video from AirVenture 2013. Tora! Tora! Tora! is a recreation of the December 7, 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii flown by the Commemorative Air Force. [Read more…]
We’ve been saying it for years. But it’s nice to hear the mainstream media pick up the argument. The Los Angeles Times editorial board said, with regard to Santa Monica Airport, “Open to private business and recreational aircraft, it relieves Los Angeles International Airport of some smaller plane traffic. Flight schools, airplane maintenance, charter jet businesses, and emergency and medical flight services all use it as a base.” The editorial goes on to address the safety concerns of neighbors with – are you ready for this – actual data. Well done LA Times.